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Home school representative structure for the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape Home Schooling Association represents families in the Eastern Cape that have chosen to educate their children from home

The association aims to play the role of interlocutor between the Provincial Education Department and the association’s homeschooling movement.
The association aims to play the role of interlocutor between the Provincial Education Department and the association’s homeschooling movement.
Image: Unsplash/Jessica Lewis

Taking charge of your child’s education can feel daunting and like an exciting adventure all at once. Home education is not about recreating school at home; it’s not only about having the freedom to do what needs to be done, but also about setting your child free to follow their interests and tailoring their education to meet their needs.

Whether you are a new home educator or an experienced home schooler, it’s important to know that your rights are represented at government level. Registration with the government as a home educator is unavoidable and no institution or online curriculum provider can do it for you.

The Eastern Cape Home Schooling Association is a representative body for families in the Eastern Cape who have chosen to home educate their children. It aims to play the role of interlocutor between the provincial education department and the association’s home schooling movement at ground level. These working relationships create a level of trust where agreed-on, formulated standard operating procedures are implemented and monitored. 

Home schooling is about setting your children free to follow their interests.
Home schooling is about setting your children free to follow their interests.
Image: Unsplash/Jeswin Thomas

On September 2 2019, the association presented itself to the head of the education department in the Eastern Cape as a legal entity that needs to be consulted if any provincial regulations or policies are to be discussed. Its motto is “Don’t speak about us, speak to us”.

The association was also invited to the Home Education Roundtable on February 28 2020 to discuss setting up minimum requirements for registration, curriculum and assessment for home education in SA. It will be part of the task team assigned in the process.

Recently the association was instrumental in setting up the SA National Home Schooling Association with provincial representatives across the country. 

For more information, email echsa1@gmail.com, visit the website and follow on Facebook

This article was paid for by the Eastern Cape Home Schooling Association.

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